Music Vocabulary

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El trompetista Miles Davis con su banda / Oliver Nurock, CC BY 2.0

Here is list of musical terms. You should try to memorize them, as you never know when you’ll feel the urge to start a bachata band.

La clave – the clef
El tono / la tonalidad – the key
La armadura – the key signature
El compás – the time signature / the bar / the measure
Sostenido – sharp
Bemol – flat
La nota – the note
La redonda – the whole note
La blanca – the half note
La negra – the quarter note
La corchea – the eighth note
La semicorchea – the sixteenth note
La fusa – the thirty-second note
El silencio – the rest
La voz – the voice
La cuerda – the string
Instrumentos de viento-madera – Woodwind instruments
Instrumentos de viento-metal – Brass instruments
La trompeta – the trumpet
El trombón – the trombone
El saxo – the sax
El clarinete – the clarinet
El bajo – the bass
La guitarra – the guitar
La batería – the drum set
La caja – the snare
El bombo – the bass drum
El teclado – the keyboard
El sintetizador – the synthesizer
El amplificador – the amplifier
La melodía – the melody
La armonía – the harmony
El ritmo – the rhythm
Afinar – to tune
Componer – to compose
Interpretar (tr.) / actuar (intr.) – to perform
La banda / el grupo – the band
El álbum / el disco – the album / the record
El black metal progresivo – progressive black metal


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